Panel discussion: Principles and Frameworks for Accountability. Undercurrent Victoria. Monday 30 October 2016
33 Saxon Street, Brunswick, Victoria 3056
6:30 – 9pm
This panel discussion will engage various frameworks used to approach individual and community accountability and change. Drawing from extensive experience in diverse fields, each speaker will present on different ideas and strategies of accountability. There are both overlaps and tensions between these different principles and frameworks, and we hope to create a generative space to share and value diverse ways of thinking about accountability.
Kirra Voller – Shut Youth Prisons Mparntwe
Kirra Voller is a proud Wirangu woman and musician. She lives in Mbantua raising her young family, and works advocating for young people and the abolition of youth prisons. She works alongside grandmothers who are traditional owners in central Australia advocating for aboriginal led alternatives to prison.
Kirra will discuss alternatives to incarceration for young people and culturally appropriate responses for indigenous youth; including taking young people out to homelands.
Ada has extensive experience in the family violence sector and in facilitating Men’s Behaviour Change programs.
Ada will discuss core beliefs held by male perpetrators and how we can identify attitudes that underpin abusive behaviours and support violence against women.
Lauren is a community organiser whose work focuses on interpersonal and state-based gender violence and community-based responses to violence. She has worked in the area of gendered and intimate partner violence in both community and agency settings for about 15 years, in community accountability responses and violence prevention, refuge and crisis support work and advocacy, and later in training and research. Her research centres on community-based interventions to violence, intersections between interpersonal and state-sanctioned violence (including the violence of the prison industrial complex) and the nexus of racialised and gendered violence. Lauren worked (with a collective of great humans) to establish the Melbourne Transformative Justice Network, and currently works on the Police Accountability Project (Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre) and with the Abolitionist and Transformative Justice Centre.
Lauren will be talking about community-based frameworks for violence prevention, intervention and accountability, with a focus on supporting survivors of family violence and sexual assault.
Marisa is a human rights advocate and prisoner support advocate. Marisa is a broadcaster for ‘Doing Time’, a show on 3CR Community Radio presenting information and discussion around issues faced by prisoners in the criminal legal system and migration.
Marisa will discuss frameworks for the work they do with criminalised people, why they do the radio show ‘doing time’ and the importance of support and solidarity with criminalised people.
Anthony Lekkas is a counsellor and family violence practitioner at the Victorian Aids Council. He has worked in the not-for-profit community services sector for 14 years, as well as in private practice.
Anthony will discuss the work VAC are doing with same-sex attracted men in family violence perpetrator programs with a particular focus on the importance of working from an accountability framework by centralising victim/ survivor voices in all aspects of service provision and developing a formal observer program. Anthony will share the challenges and growth areas VAC have encountered with this framework.
Anthony – Flemington Kensington Legal and Police Accountability Project
Anthony will discuss the police accountability project work. Within this project they predominately apply state, institutional or legal forms of accountability upon the police – Human Rights, legislative, rule of law, as well as apply ‘accountability’ via the civil courts. They also leverage various forms of moral, ethical and community based mechanisms in various ways. Anthony will also discuss Gay and lesbian / Queer Street Patrols, Aboriginal Night Patrols and community patrols / safety projects / police alternative projects.